2011 traffic deaths is lowest count since 1944

By KBJR News 1

2011 traffic deaths is lowest count since 1944

June 13, 2012 Updated Jun 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM CST

St. Paul, MN (Northland’s NewsCenter) – There were 368 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads in 2011 which signifies the fourth consecutive annual drop in road fatalities and the lowest death count since 1944.

In 1944, there were 356 killed.

The 368 deaths constitute a 44% decrease in fatalities from 10 years ago; where in 2002, there were 657 deaths.

There were 271 motor vehicle occupants killed; only 126 wore a seat belt.

Alcohol-related deaths represented 37% of all deaths.

To date, there have been 120 road deaths in 2012 compared to 115 deaths at this time in 2011.

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